In their highly active time between 1967 and 1974 Agitation Free released just two albums. Then came the dissolution of the Berlin Kraut cult icons - almost exactly 40 years ago. In 1999 they got together again for a (rather disappointing) album.
It's nice to see that beyond zombie-like programmed "stars" the good old songwriter art is increasingly cultivated again. One can hope for the future. Also with a certain Jeff Young, who has already earned himself a certain status in his native California. "Beautiful Loser", along with electric piano, trumpet and resonator guitar, fits into the soul corner of the songwriting guild. Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson & Co send their regards. In "Heartache In The Heartland" the keyboarder Young lets a Procol-Harum organ boom very nicely. The songs are reduced, but highly effectively instrumented. You won't find exaggerated choirs, string-sugar loops or hectic solos. But on the basis of the piano you can approach the soul of the songs in peace. This is especially effective in "A Good Man Is As Strong As The Right Woman Needs Him To Be". A Stevie Wonder has rarely worked so cautiously. Several songs are closer to classical soul, others are rooted in the US songwriter creative corner of Randy Newman. With a fantastic eight-minute version of Dylan's "It's Alright Ma", Young is also showing some great cinema. Great.
Top track: It's Alright Ma